Tuesday, May 2
10:30 Opening remarks
Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute, Columbia University) and
Marlene Laruelle(George Washington University)
10:45-12:15 Panel 1. Central Asia and the ‘global order’
Chair: Rajan Menon (City College of New York)
Paul Stronski (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
Prospects for Central Asia Policy in the Trump Administration
Christian Bleuer (ANU)
American Allies’ Strategic and Economic Interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia: Navigating Change and Continuity in the US-Russia Relationship
Alexander Cooley (Columbia University)
Central Asia as a Buffer Zone between National Populist Great Powers
1:00-2:30 Panel 2. The international community in a changing environment
Chair: Alexander Cooley (Columbia University)
Roman Vakulchuk (NUPI)
Big Powers in Central Asia: Old Rhetoric, New Perception
Ivan Safranchuk (MGIMO)
Central Asia – Asset, Burden or Instrument for International Actors?
George Gavrilis (Columbia University)
Central Asia’s Borders: The Next Twenty-Five Years
2:30-3:00 Coffee break
3:00-4:00 Panel 3. Russia’s presence and influence in Central Asia and Afghanistan
Chair: Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP)
Yulia Nikitina (MGIMO)
Russian Strategies of International Status-Seeking in International Institutions and Forums
Ekaterina Stepanova (IMEMO)
Armed Conflict, Insurgency, Terrorism and Peace Process in Afghanistan: A View From Russia
Wednesday, May 3
9:30-10:30 Panel 4. Is China really changing the given?
Chair: George Gavrilis (Columbia University)
Robert Sutter (George Washington University)
China’s expansion into Central Asia—A Pattern for Its Periphery?
Sun Zhuangzhi (CASS, Beijing)
Building Silk-Road Economic Belt and Central Asian Stability and Development
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Panel 5. Central Asia’s perspectives on the US-Russia new relationship
Chair: Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)
Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP)
US and Russia’s Failing ‘Pivots to Asia’ and Central Asia
Erlan Karin (KISI)
New Perspectives on the US-Russia Relationship and Multivectoralism in Central Asia
Emil Joroev (American University in Central Asia)
Trump’s America Viewed from Bishkek: Sharing Moscow’s Hopes or Excited for Own Reasons?
This conference is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
This event is co-hosted by SIPA and the Harriman Institute (Columbia University), and generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.